8 Student-Entrepreneurs Receive Awards at Hogan Program Ceremonies


Left to right: MKruse, Devan Rostorfer, Dominique Bocanegra, Lianne McComie, Claudia Chan, Manceras, Cassin Muramoto, Sam Galloway

Thirty-three student-entrepreneurs graduated today from Chaminade University’s prestigious Hogan Entrepreneurs program. Eight outstanding students received awards in ceremonies held at the Mystical Rose Oratory.

The eight Chaminade student-entrepreneurs receiving 2013 Hogan Student Awards included: Outstanding Hogan Entrepreneur – Devan Rostorfer from Eaton Rapids, Michigan (majoring Biology); Outstanding Senior – Matilda Kruse from Leone, American Samoa (majoring International Trade); Outstanding Junior Co-Awardees Cassin Muramoto from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (majoring Business Administration) and Samuel Galloway from Copley, Ohio (majoring Business Administration); Community Service -Dominique Bocanegra from San Francisco, California (majoring Criminal Justice); and three Aloha Awards given to Liana McComie from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (majoring Forensic Science), Kristeme Manceras from Honolulu (majoring International Trade) and Claudia Chan from Hong Kong (majoring Communication-Marketing).

Bill Spencer, president of Hawaii Venture Capital Association and co-founder and CEO of Hawaii Oceanic Technology, Inc, was also honored by the program with its Lifetime Entrepreneurial Achievement Award. This is only the third time that this prestigious award has been given out in 12 years. The event held in the Mystical Rose Oratory at Chaminade University was also  an opportunity to welcome 23 new Hogan inductees. Dr. Hank Wuh, CEO of Skai Ventures, was keynote speaker.

Chaminade University’s Hogan Entrepreneurs program is designed to equip students to hit the ground running when they leave Chaminade, with new skills, extensive connections, and the mind set to start new things wherever their careers may lead them. Open to all majors and undergraduates as well as graduate students, (not just business majors), the Hogan Entrepreneurs program recognizes that any graduate has the potential to start something new. New ideas that contribute to society and the well-being of communities benefit everyone, but also can make for successful, thriving businesses. The unique entrepreneurial program encourages students to use their entrepreneurial passion and academic achievements as a means to contribute to their communities and has been in existence for 12 years, thanks to the generous support of the Hogan Family Foundation. The entrepreneurial spirit cultivated in the program is captured in its motto of “Doing business things that make social sense. Doing social things that make business sense.”

Brian Walsh Receives Academic Prize, Recognition for Research in Criminal Justice

Junior Brian Walsh, a Criminal Justice and Criminology Major, was recently awarded Chaminade’s highest academic honor, the President Sue Wesselkamper Prize, one of two recipients in 2013.

Last summer, Brian participated in a ten-week internship with mentors at Harvard University. His research involved reviewing the effectiveness of educational programs in state prisons. The project was presented at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium in Hartford, Connecticut and was well received by fellow scholars.

This spring he will present the results of his research in a poster displayed in Washington, D.C. at the Council on Undergraduate Research’s “Posters on the Hill” event. Presenters are selected in a nationwide competition.

Brian presented his research at the Na Liko student scholarship showcase at Chaminade recently. This short clip from his presentation gives an idea of his study:

This semester, Brian has been active as a teaching assistant for Professor Christopher McNally (International Studies) and as an intern at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Advocacy Division. He is involved in the Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society where he holds the position of treasurer. During days off from school, Brian enjoys volunteering in the outreach ministry at his local church parish, Our Lady of Good Counsel in Pearl City, Hawaii.

This summer, he will again take part in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program, this time at Yale University.
His mentor at Chaminade, Professor Janet Davidson (Criminal Justice and Criminology), was instrumental in assisting Brian to apply to the Summer Research Early Identification Program which led to his acceptance to summer internships at Harvard and Yale. Brian recommends fellow students ask their faculty about internship ideas. “Go talk to them! They are connected,” says Brian.

Brian is the son of John and Theresa Walsh and the oldest of three siblings.

The Sue Wesselkamper prize is made possible by the generous support of Henry and Charlotte Clark and is given annually to recognize and encourage student scholarship and build the tradition of the annual Na Liko Na’auao student scholarship day.

Dominique Bocanegra Receives Founder’s Award

Student Profile

The Founder’s Award is annually presented to a student who has exhibited a commitment to Marianist values by his/her outstanding generosity, respect for others, and spirit of faith and who is an exemplary role-model for the Chaminade community. Chaminade University presented this year’s Founders’ Award to Dominique Bocanegra (Senior, Criminal Justice and Criminology with a minor in Business Administration).

My favorite inspirational saying is “don’t limit yourself.” Opportunities are endless, so don’t give up too easily, but also don’t be totally satisfied with what you have or what you’re doing because you can keep striving for more! –Dominique Bocanegra

Bocanegra has been an outstanding scholar as well as an athlete on the women’s soccer and softball teams, has served as the president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and has been a peer mentor and orientation leader since her sophomore year. Her faith values have been expressed in her participation in campus ministry activities, especially through the Los Angeles Immersion Program in January of 2012.

Bocanegra serves with a smile. A staff member wrote of her: “Dominique doesn’t belong to just one group of friends. She’s an athlete, staffer, student leader, orientation leader and immersion participant. Most of all, she’s friends with everyone. I think this is a unique and special skill to have.”

Interview, Domnique Bocanegra:

What is your career goal?

I want to work in the Corrections department, jails & prisons, to help those who want to change for the better and help them find a more promising life for after incarceration. I’d like to start/continue the programs that do this for inmates. In the end I just want to support those who need help getting back on their feet. If I could be able to intertwine the Criminal Justice field with the Business world somehow, I would be satisfied.

What inspires you to help people and make friends?

Diversity. Think about it. Every single person has their own family, interests, culture and stories just waiting to be told, and that is what inspires me to make friends. I want to experience and learn all about their lives so I keep an open mind to every person I come across. My inspiration to helping people just comes from the heart. Everyone deserves to be nothing but happy so if I can help do that I will. Happy people make for a happy world!

What is your favorite inspirational quote or thought?

My favorite inspiration quote is “don’t limit yourself.” Opportunities are endless, so don’t give up too easily, but also don’t be totally satisfied with what you have or what you’re doing because you can keep striving for more!

What makes you the happiest?

I like to be around happy people. Seeing and feeling the love in the air lets me know everything is okay and that it’s only appropriate to be happy with them.

What has been your high point at Chaminade so far?

Meeting and making life-long friendships. The culture here in Hawaii is so embracing that I am beyond blessed to have made some really strong relationships with people whom I call my ‘Ohana now.

Photo above: The Rev. George Cerniglia, S.M., Dominique Bocanegra, Brother Bernard Ploeger, S.M., Chaminade President.
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